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The Empty Halls of the Khanenko Museum in Kyiv

During the "Meeting Liebermann" exhibition, the Liebermann Villa at Wannseer will show a topic of burning topicality on the first floor, in the former dining room of the Liebermann family, from March 25, 2023.

The Russian war of aggression has been raging in Ukraine for more than a year. Countless cultural institutions have to fear for their treasures - including one of the most important art museums in Ukraine, the Khanenko Museum in Kyiv. Immediately after the outbreak of the war, the precious collection was evacuated.

Kyiv-based photographer Yurii Stefanyak documented the evacuated halls of the museum in the spring of 2022. The selection is complemented by images of the destruction taken by Stefanyak shortly after attacks on Kyiv in October 2022.

About the presentation

The history of the Liebermann family is marked by persecution and war. The summer house on Wannsee was evacuated after it was confiscated by the Nazi regime in 1940, and the interior decoration was lost.

The Max Liebermann Society took over an empty building when it established the museum between 2002 and 2006. Today our museum is a place of remembrance and reconciliation, we set signs against forgetting the consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, war and violence. Since the beginning of the war, society has been showing solidarity with Ukraine. With this presentation, it wants to turn the gaze from the past, to the events of the present.

The exhibition is the result of a cooperation with the Seminar for Art and Art Science at the TU Dortmund University, the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts, Kyiv, the Ukraine Art Aid Center/Netzwerk Kulturgutschutz Ukraine and the Caspar David Friedrich Institute, University of Greifswald. The project is headed by Dr. Olena Balun, Prof. Dr. Kilian Heck, Yuliya Vaganova and Prof. Dr. Barbara Welzel.
Additional information
Price: €10.00

Reduced price: €6.00

Reduced price info: Reduction for pupils, students, trainees, unemployed and severely disabled persons (according to ID).

Children and young people up to 18 years free, ICOM members and members of the Max Liebermann Society free.